2021 LCCC COVID-19 Emergency Grant for Students Required Reporting - October

  1. Laramie County Community College (LCCC) acknowledges that it has signed and returned the Certification and Agreement form to the US Department of Education. LCCC will use no less than the required amount of funds received through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund III (HEERF III) authorized by the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA) to provide emergency financial aid grants to students.    

  2. LCCC will receive $3,058,454from the US Department of Education pursuant to the institution’s Certification and Agreement for emergency financial aid grants to students.

  3. LCCC has distributed a total of $1,380,875 in HEERF III emergency financial aid grants to students as of the date of this quarterly report, October 5, 2021.

    $485,500 for Summer 2021 Semester and $895,375 for Fall 2021 Semester
  1. The estimated total number of students at LCCC that are eligible to receive an emergency financial aid grant under the ARPA is 3,095.

    586 estimated students for Summer 2021 and 2,509 estimated students for Fall 2021
  1. 318 LCCC students received a LCCC COVID-19 Emergency Grant during Summer 2021 Semester and 672 LCCC students received a grant during Fall 2021 Semester as of the date of this quarterly report, October 5, 2021.    

  2. LCCC implemented application processes to identify students enrolled for Summer 2021 and Fall 2021 Semesters who needed emergency grant funding. Awarding of summer grants began on June 1, 2021 and awarding of fall grants began on September 7, 2021.

    Students were asked the following question on the grant applications:

    Have you been adversely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and have a financial need for an allowable expense?  Allowable expenses include any component of your cost of attendance or emergency costs that arise due to Coronavirus, such as but not limited to tuition, fees, course materials, food, housing, health care, mental health care, or child care. 

    If students answered “no” to this question, they did not qualify for an emergency grant.

    LCCC Summer 2021 COVID-19 Emergency Grant

    LCCC established three base grant award levels in an effort to distribute the grant funds as widely as possible to our students in need of emergency funds and to ensure prioritization of funding to our students with exceptional need.   

    Grant award amounts were tiered based on the student’s Expected Family Contribution (EFC) from their 2020/2021 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  Students with a Pell-eligible EFC qualified for the highest grant amount of $1,500.  Students that did not have a Pell-eligible EFC but demonstrated financial need based on their 2020/2021 FAFSA qualified for a lower grant amount of $1,000.   Students that did not demonstrate financial need or did not have a FAFSA on file qualified for the lowest grant amount of $500.

    Students that indicated that they faced significant unexpected expenses on their grant application such as loss of employment, reduced income, or food or housing insecurity due to the impacts of COVID-19 received a $500 increase to their base grant amount.

    Grant awards ranged from $500 to $2,000 per student.

    The average grant awarded is $1,527.

    LCCC Fall 2021 COVID-19 Emergency Grant

    LCCC established three full-time grant award levels in an effort to distribute the grant funds as widely as possible to our students in need of emergency funds and to ensure prioritization of funding to our students with exceptional need.   

    Grant award amounts were tiered based on the student’s financial need and Expected Family Contribution (EFC) from their 2021/20212 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  Full-time students with a Pell-eligible EFC qualified for the highest grant amount of $2,000.  Full-time students that did not have a Pell-eligible EFC but demonstrated financial need based on their 2021/2022 FAFSA qualified for a $1,500 grant.   Full-time students that did not demonstrate financial need or did not have a 2021/2022 FAFSA on file qualified for the lowest grant amount of $1,000.

    The above grant amounts were prorated based on the student’s enrollment status at the time of awarding as follows:  75% for quarter-time enrollment (9 - 11 credit hours), 50% for half-time enrollment (6 - 8 credit hours), and 25% for less than half-time enrollment (1 - 5 credit hours).

    Grant awards ranged from $250 to $2,000 per student.

    The average grant awarded to date is $1,332.

  3. Instructions, directions, and guidance provided by LCCC to students concerning the emergency financial aid grants can be found on our LCCC COVID-19 Emergency CARES Grant web pages which includes the links to the electronic applications: 

    https://www.lccc.cc.wy.us/services/financialaid/summerCovidEmergencyGrant.aspx

    https://lccc.wy.edu/services/financialaid/fallCovidEmergencyGrant.aspx

    The information provided includes eligibility criteria and a list of allowable expenses.

    The links to these grant pages are also listed on our  COVID-19 Information page:  https://www.lccc.wy.edu/virus-information.aspx

    LCCC announced the grant opportunity through a press release on June 1, 2021 for the Summer 2021 grant and on August 23, 2021 for the  Fall 2021 grant.  Enrolled students were sent an email notification to their LCCC student email address on the same day as the press release to inform them of the grant availability that stated the following:

    Effective immediately, Laramie County Community College students can apply for the LCCC COVID-19 Emergency Grant.

    Due to new federal funding in the recently passed American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, LCCC will distribute emergency grants to assist students with any component of the student's cost-of-attendance or for emergency costs that arise due to Coronavirus, such as tuition and fees, books, technology-related needs, food, housing, health care (including mental health care), and child care. 

    Students must complete a LCCC COVID-19 Emergency Grant application.

    Please visit our LCCC COVID-19 Emergency Grant webpage for more information on qualifying for this grant and to submit your online application.  You will find the application link at the bottom of the following webpage:

    https://lccc.wy.edu/covidgrant

    This link is also available on the LCCC Financial Aid & Scholarships webpage.

    If you have already applied for this grant or do not require grant assistance, you may disregard this message.

    A follow-up text was sent a week later directing student to this email to ensure all students were aware of the grant opportunity.

    Students were given the option on their grant application to apply the grant funds to their student account/LCCC charges or to receive a direct disbursement of the grant in full. 

    HEERF student grant funds are awarded by LCCC’s Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships.   Students are sent an approval or denial email notification to their student email address following the review of their application.   The approval email informs students that the emergency grant funds will be sent to them in one to two weeks from our Student Accounts Office by direct deposit or check.

    Please note that LCCC student email is the official method of communication for LCCC students.

 

Quarterly Report Date: October 5, 2021

This report is LCCC’s second quarterly posting for HEERF III student emergency grant fund expenditures.  The next quarterly report will be posted no later than January 10, 2022.

This information meets the US Department of Education’s reporting requirements for the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund’s (HEERF) Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students provided under the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.